Spring 2019

Sweater Weather

It’s finally starting to warm up a teeny bit here in Missoula, but in homage to the last 6 months or so we spend braving the cold, we decided to do a post on Sweater Weather! We wanted to explore all things warm and cozy! And where is the coziest place to do a sweater themed shoot? Why, a coffee shop of course! We were lucky enough to be hosted by Drum Coffee for this shoot! Check out the adorable pictures by the lovely and talented Aleksandra Wąs (@fotografed_) below


Tatum writing in a notebook and looking ahead with a mug in hand

Happy Almost Spring!
This time of the year is one of my favorites! I love the warm tea, fluffy snow, and big sweater to help keep me warm.
For my FIRST photo shoot with Trendsetters, I wanted to encapsulate as much of myself as I possibly could into one outfit. When I think of sweaters, I think of soft and cozy (and in Montana, warm is a must). Since I’m on campus, going in and out of buildings so much, the temperature changes a lot. I can go from shivering to sweating, so I like to layer, layer, and layer some more. Being able to take a layer off allows me to regulate my body temperature myself. This idea helped inspire my Sweater Weather look! I picked my black and white striped shirt, since stripes are my favorite pattern (and make up half of my closet). Since my cardigan is pretty over-sized, I tucked my shirt into my favorite Super High-Rise jeans from American Eagle so my curves didn’t disappear under all the fabric. To top it all off, I added my new black booties with metal embellishment. My makeup helped add more personality to my outfit. I went with a brown glittery eye shadow, a winged eyeliner and some lipstick.
Comfort and style is necessity for me. College comes with some hectic days, and I find being comfortable, while still feeling confident in my outfit, helps me to keep a positive attitude and keep smiling, even when we are fighting blizzards!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! Stay Lovely <3

Tatum on a barstool near the window smiling with a mug

Tatum smiling with a mug


Sky reading a magazine and holding a mug looking off and smiling

Hello lovelies! So for this shoot, being my first shoot, I wanted to show a little side of who I am. I like to think of being a cheerful person with a bright smile to bring some sunshine into peoples day and I thought I’d show that through the color yellow. I absolutely love the color; it is my favorite, so I decided to pair a yellow sweater from target ($4.50 no joke!) with a plain black circle skirt, green/grey stockings, peach socks, and of course my favorite Dr. m=Martens. I tied it all together with a golden glam look, I absolutely love makeup and I thought that this would be a nice touch to my look. Hope you all have stayed nice and cozy during this chilly winter 💕

Sky smiling with a coffee mug


Dana leaning on a barstool with a Coke bottle

My favorite part of the year, sweater weather! As we all know, Missoula’s weather is very unpredictable. Sometimes it gets very hot and sometimes it gets very cold. So that’s why you grab a sweater for this kind of time. Anyways–so for this shoot I decided to get dressed up very chic. So I decided to wear my favorite outfit and boost up my confidence. So let’s get into it, for this shoot I decided to wear a casual white sweater with my favorite stripped pants (both from from T.J. Maxx). To add more into the look I added the sunglasses from H&M. But I still felt the need to add some accessories. So I decided to add a diamond choker I got from Dillard’s, to spice it up. And last but not least the cute black boots were from Forever 21.

Dana sitting at the counter looking over her shoulder

Dana posing at the counter with her Coke

Dana and Raneem posing at a table


Brooklyn smiling over her shoulder

For the sweater weather photo shoot, I decided to take a lively, spring approach to my outfit. Sweaters can be a fashion statement in the fall, winter, and spring. I decided to go with a light sweater with pops of confetti polka-dots for spring. The fresh white and pops of color was a transition from the grey, black, and dark creme colors of winter. To add to the outfit, I added a denim headband with a bow and gold earrings with pops of color to accent the colors of the pom-poms in the sweater. Since these accessories were quite colorful and bright, I wore black plain jeans and black booties to create a fun look without being overbearing in color. The black clothing was more subtle and created a balance within the look. I found this inspiration from blogger: Amber Fillerup Clark. Amber sells her own hair accessories and inspired me to add a new kind of accessory to my hairstyle. She also wears very modest, fun, and light clothing. I was excited to copy her look, especially since she blogs in aesthetically pleasing places like coffee shops. This shoot–to me–has a very “blogger” and “modern” identity. I wanted my look to seem casual, yet stand out. I think this is fitting as some of the pictures were me doing common things such as putting on my lip gloss through the coffee shop window, reading the newspaper, and ordering coffee of course. For final touches to my look, I wore light lashes, rose-gold highlighter, and cotton-candy pink lip gloss to present the chic blogger look I was hoping for.

From outside the coffee shop, Brooklyn is seen inside through the window looking down at her mug

Brooklyn smiling down


Savannah sitting at the counter

Short, cold winter days make me want to hide under layers of cozy plush material, out with uncomfortable, but cute t-shirts, and in with the sweaters, leggings, and sweats.

I usually wake up when it’s still dark out and because of that I have no desire to put on a cold pair of jeans or a blouse. Today, like most, was one of those days. I found myself reaching for my fuzzier sweaters that make me feel like I’m not leaving bed even though I am.

I dressed up my very cozy and relaxed outfit with a few subtle steps.

  • I opted for a pair of shoes that were sleek and somewhat “dressier,” which offer a balance.
  • Along the same color scale as my boots, I chose a long sleeve fitted t-shirt which offered a pop of color beneath my cardigan. It catches the eye when the shirt peek-a-boos from behind my sweater.
  • My big scarf works as a distraction from my simple white sweater and sweats.

I added detail to what could be considered a simple outfit by pairing it with items that outshine my base, taking my outfit from plain to poppin’. Take my advice and try playing up some of the clothing items that you would typically consider to be “in-house-clothing-items.”

Savannah hiding in her sweater, smiling

Savannah smiling holding a mug

Savannah laughing holding her mug


Dina drinking her coffee and holding a magazine out

Hey everyone, how are you all doing? It’s been a while since I’ve done a photo shoot with the other beautiful Trendsetters. I guess it was last semester? OMG … and today I’m back again with these beautiful ladies and had an amazing photoshoot with our talented photographer (@fotografed). I don’t know what to say but the shoot was so much fun and I loved this theme. Which yeah, you probably already know from the title above (Sweater Weather). This is such a good idea. The shoot took place in the coffeesShop in Missoula, Montana called “Drum Coffee”. Speaking of coffee, I’m in love with coffee and I always start my day with coffee. In one day I can have 3 cups or even 4 cups of coffee. I started to fall in love with coffee in 2013, 6 years ago. If you have a favorite coffee that you want to recommend to me, please reach out to me in my Instagram ( @dmerani95) and let me know your favorite one and I will try it. For this shoot I picked an outfit that I usually wear in this cold weather. My favorite brown sweater, which I got from a thrift store in my first year here in Missoula. This sweater is so warm and I really love it. If you are reading this and you are a UM student, you probably will see me very often wearing this sweater around campus during this cold weather. Hahahaha. I paired it with my long black pants that I got from H&M as well as my favorite black boots. Last but not least is the black belt I got from Rue21, and the brown hat is from H&M. This hat is really beautiful and this hat makes my style more vintage and makes me feel like I’m in Paris. Yes, Paris… my dream City. I wish I could be there one day and this hat always makes me want to go there. Oh yeah, I got this hat just for $3, isn’t it cheap? OMG yes! I looked it up before on Amazon and it was about $10 but when I went to H&M it was only $3. I just couldn’t believe, so I got 2 of them. Hahaha. You guys, if you have time just go to H&M, I really recommend it, because you might find something cheap and cool. Yes, “cheap”, we’re all college students, so cheap is the best for us and H&M is the best for you. Well, I hope you all like this style and thank you so much for spending your time to reading this. I love you all a LATTE  🙂

Dina smiling

Dina looking out over her shoulder

Dina reading the newspaper


 Molly sitting at the counter

I really wanted to express my alternative fashion with this shoot. I pull a lot of my inspiration from the punk scene, like the 70’s and early 2000’s. My friends like to call my fashion “punk emo”.  For the sweater weather shoot I chose a cute punk type look. I made the crop top sweater with the logo for the band Black Flag with bleach and a 3$ sweater from goodwill! I paired it with a black skater skirt, some intricate fishnets (got them off Wish for like 1$!), and Doc Martens. I added a spiked choker to top off my “edgy” look. I did a dark red eye shadow look to add some color (other than my bright blue hair) to the outfit.

Molly holding a cup of coffee at a table

Molly smiling with her mug


Raneem toasting the camera with her Coke and winking

Sweaters! Ahhh who doesn’t like sweaters! I love to just wear a comfy sweater and lie down in bed all day or hangout with friends.

For this sweater look I went with a gray turtle neck sweater from H&M–comfy and fashionable also not too hot. I paired it with my light washed jeans also from H&M. Since the sweater is dark, gotta have a bright color. To end the look I finished with a simple but not basic black thigh high boots from Steve Madden. For a pop of color I did my makeup bronzed face with a red lipstick look that will match my cat eye red sunglasses that are from Forever 21.

With my hair I simply did a half up and half down but left a little hair on my face, split down in the middle and curled it to give it that kind of edgy 90s look.


Photography by Aleksandra Was | @fotografed_

Fall 2018

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Happy Christmas from the Trendsetters!  Hope you’re getting to spend lots of time with the ones you love this holiday season.

This year for our annual holiday shoot, we decided to have our theme be “Holiday Party” so we could have a bit of an excuse to get fancy! Some of these looks are geared toward Christmas parties, some toward New  Years Eve parties–we left the theme pretty open! Also included in this post–just as a fun bonus–are some cute pictures from our pajama-themed holiday party!

Photography by Aleksandra Wąs | @_fotografed


Brooklyn in glittery black dress, cream cardigan, tights and brown boots

For the Holiday shoot, my vision for my outfit was based upon a New Years Eve look. I wanted the outfit to be warm, sexy, and glimmery all in one. The front and center piece for the outfit was the sparkly dress. This piece was glamourous and form fitting to my body, a perfect style for a New Year’s theme. To make the look more cozy, I added charcoal nylons to accent the dress, a creme off-the-shoulder sweater, and knee-high dusty grey boots. To complete this dusky, winter look, I did a smokey eye for makeup with soft highlights on my cheekbones. For me, I always try to make my outfits match and have the pieces complement one another in color and texture. The sparkly dress had enough boldness and attention, where I was able to add some soft accessories to balance the look out. I also added silver drop earrings and a ring shaped like a bow. These accessories added a pop of fun to an overall more serious look. My inspiration for my outfits lately has been the pop artist, Ariana Grande and her style. She presents such a chic and feminine look that I adore. I love the basic tones of grey, black, and white turned into glamorous outfits. The outfit complimented my personality as I love all things sparkling and on the next level. This outfit would be perfect for the social butterfly and the trendsetter. I wanted my outfit to be classy, chic, and scream, “Thank u, next.”

Brooklyn posing in front of a large tree with lights

Brooklyn posing with a strand of lights

Brooklyn showing off her off-the-shoulder sweater

Brooklyn posing showing off the glittery black dress


Ashley in red cocktail dress, black coat, gray scarf, rose gold purse, pink gloves and strappy nude heels

Where would a girl like me go for the perfect outfit for a glamorous evening out at a holiday party this winter? That’s so easy, Macy’s!! I’m just surprised this time around that my glitz & glam look for going out doesn’t include me being covered head to toe in sequins and glitter!

For my outerwear, I have my favorite winter coat in navy blue from H&M – 40% for only $36! I have my good ol’ pink kiddie gloves from forever ago, and my grey fluffy scarf from Ulta for only $14! I get so many compliments on that scarf and everyone is always feeling it, so I’ll say it one more time for the people in the back: ULTA FOR $14, GET YOURS TODAY!!!

When I went to Macy’s last year over Thanksgiving break on Black Friday, I fell head over heels in love with this red dress! I knew it was the perfect dress for any holiday occasion, but the price tag scared me as a broke college girl. It’s original price was around $75-80. Of course, it was Black Friday, so it was marked down, but for me at the time, something along the lines of $40 just wasn’t in the cards. So, I hung it back up, but it didn’t leave my mind for one second; I was constantly checking their website to see if it would go on sale again or go on clearance, but to no avail. Fast forward to Spring Break, I went with my best friend Halie to Macy’s to look at stuff, just for fun, and tucked under a few different dresses of the same color, I found my dream dress hiding marked down to $14!!! It was 2 sizes too big, but that didn’t stop me. It was a little loose but actually was more comfortable and easy to move in. I’ve had my holiday look in the back of my closet just waiting to be unveiled for months, and the most wonderful time of the year has arrived!

Ashley with no coat showing off the off-the-shoulder neckline of her dress and her necklace

Ashley looking up in front of the big tree

Ashley posing with a strand of lights

Ashley smiling


Dina in black trousers, strappy black heels, pink chunky sweater and purse

“O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches”  

Did you just read that or did you sing? Hahaha!

Yeah, it’s Christmas time. How lovely it is.

Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year because it always brings me joy and happiness, especially when I spend time with my family to celebrate this time. Speaking of my family, this year after 3 or 4 years spending Christmas withhout my family back home,  I finally made it to my home and get to see all my family for this Christmas. While you guys are reading this, I am already in my hometown, Papua, Indonesia. Just so you know, I’m writing this while on my way from Seattle to Japan. Hahahaha. I’m so excited to see all my family and friends. I might write an individual blog about Christmas celebration in my hometown, so you guys might hear about that a little more.

Last but not least, for this photo shoot, I wore black pants and a pink sweater, which I got from H&M. They are really comfy. To keep me warm I put on my cozy jacket that I got from Restyle Fashion Exchange. I usually go to a Christmas party with a small bag and high heels, and this time I choose my pink small bag from Ross and my heels from Rue21. I hope you guys like this style or maybe this style inspired you.

Anyways, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas

XOXO – Dina Merani

dina with a jacket, earmuffs and scarf admiring a christmas light

Dina smiling at Christmas lights


Dina with coat, scarf and earmuffs smiling


Claire, space buns, cream turtuleneck, brown patterned wide leg trousers

Happy holidays everyone! For this look I tried something new to me: pants! This is the first pair of pants I’ve bought in years; I picked up this pair of paper bag trousers last week at Böhme. The plaid wool gives me the warm and cozy feeling of Montana winter while still looking modern and high fashion. A paired this with a Goodwill turtleneck and my favorite pain of vegan Docs. I chose to put my hair in space buns as an easy idea of how to keep hair out of my face whilst I’m shoving cookies in my face at a Christmas party. I hope all of you have a happy holidays and an amazing break!

Claire posing with Christmas lights

Claire posing with christmas lights



Erin in a black strappy dress, cream cardigan, gray socks and black booties

Christmastime is here and I am so excited! As far as I’m concerned, Christmas Season started November 1st. Yep, I’m one of those.

I was so excited that the theme of this shoot was a Christmas party. I really love the elegance of formal winter fashion, and it just brings to mind all of those cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies that I spend the entire holiday season watching.

I went pretty simple for this one. Say it with me: get yourself an L.B.D. I got this little black dress on sale at H&M for like $10, I’m not joking. It comes in handy because it’s so easy to dress up or down depending on what you need it for. It’s perfect for parties.

I’m crazy about layering, so I threw on this cardigan from Target. I am obsessed with being cozy and this bad boy does the trick. Plus, with a cardigan, you can pull that move where you casually drape it off your shoulders to fake nonchalance, which is like my signature attempt to be casual. I’m also wearing these booties from Olive+Iron. They are my favorite shoes and for heels, they are actually pretty comfy, plus they are an easy addition to dress up an outfit.

I hope you all have a lovely winter break! I know I can’t wait to see my family, sip some hot cocoa, and see some old friends!

Happy Holidays!

 Erin with light strand

Erin looking over shoulder with light strand

Erin smiling over shoulder


Savannah in black cocktail dress, tights and booties with red bow on belt

This look is an example of an easy festive outfit you can throw together with a staple item that every girl owns: A little black dress. If you are searching the stores or your closet for the perfect dress this holiday season and can’t seem to find something to wear then I hope you consider this post.


I have many black dresses in my wardrobe, but I settled on this one because It’s dressy and already has a “party feel” to it. I paired it with some dark gray tights because using black would’ve made the whole outfit blend together. In the winter I like to wear tights with any outfit that would otherwise reveal my legs; I just think it’s more appropriate for the season.

I cinched my waist in with a black belt, and attached a red sparkly bow to the buckle. I bought the bow at the Dollar Store, and I feel it basically makes the outfit. It kind of creates the look of a wrapped present, which is very fitting for the holidays. 😛

Additionally, I would add a large pair of red statement earrings to complete the look. Unfortunately, however, I could not find any at any of the stores I went to, so I opted for a gentle pair of gold earrings. But, I love to elevate an outfit that is fairly simple by throwing on some bold, gaudy jewelry. I think that adding a pair of big red earrings would pair beautifully with the bow, and really tie the look together.

Around the holidays it is easy to find ribbon, bows, and glitter, in green, red, and gold colors, so get creative and don’t be afraid to take a chance by making your outfit a mini art project this holiday season. You will have fun, and it’ll be unique in addition to being super cute.

Savannah with lights

Savannah laughing

Savannah with lights

Savannah smiling up at lights

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Trendsetters at the U.

out of focus star shaped light decoration

Bonus: The Trendsetters Annual Holiday Party!

Mackenzie, Tessa, Brooklyn, Ashley, a dog, Savannah and Claire in pjs with mugs in front of a tree

The group hugging in front of tree and stockings

Mackenzie's "Naughty" and "Nice" socks

Tessa in front of tree with mug with candy cane sticking out of it